Tral Shuts to Mourn Killing of Youth

Srinagar, December 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Tral town of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, today, to mourn the killing of a youth.
According to media sources, a spontaneous shutdown is being observed in Tral after body of a youth was found in Eidgah area of the town early morning today. All shops and business establishments are closed in the town while traffic is off the road. KASHMIR VOICE
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‘No Statement of Eyewitnesses Recorded in Hawal Massacre’

Srinagar, December 16 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission of the territory has said although a CRPF Court of Inquiry (COI) had identified 15 of its troops who had massacred more than 60 mourners at Hawal in Srinagar in 1990, no challan has been yet produced in the court.
According to media sources, on that day, when the funeral procession of prominent martyred Hurriyat leader, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq reached near the Islamia College at Hawal, the CRPF personnel stationed outside the college opened indiscriminate firing on peaceful mourners, leading to death of at least 60 people besides causing injuries to scores others. The authorities had announced a ‘time-bound’ enquiry into the carnage. A 12-page report of the investigation wing of the Commission said that the CRPF troops stationed at the Islamia College were responsible for killing innocent civilians without any reason and were held guilty by the COI. “The inquiry committee also agreed upon the fact that the men on duty appeared to have forgotten the act of restraint and magnanimity,” said the report. The investigation wing of the Commission had conducted an inquiry into the massacre in 2014. The investigation came after a petition was filed in this regard by the human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo. Lakhan Singh (DSP), Mukhtar Singh (SI), Rajinder Singh (SI), Satpal Singh, T A Param, Muhammad Ghalib Khan, D Krishna, Desh Raj, Om Singh, Prem Singh, Y Krishna Rao, Y Shakula, D N Singh and A K Mita of CRPF had been held responsible for indiscriminately firing on the funeral procession of Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq. In the interim report, the Commission has charged N Sarvada, the then Additional Superintendent of Police who had conducted the investigation of the case and had submitted 20 case diaries, of being biased and callous in probing the case. “The ASP had not recorded the statements of the eyewitnesses that is, the shopkeeper or any injured persons, who were near the scene of occurrence, and had only recorded the statements of CRPF officials who in their statement stated that a large procession coming from Soura towards Islamia College was shouting anti-India slogans,” the report said. The Investigating Officer had failed, the report states, to obtain even the list of the deceased and injured persons and hadn’t taken any serious steps to investigate the case in an unbiased manner. In 1994, the case was closed by the Crime Branch. “Till date no final report had been submitted to the concerned court,” the report said. KASHMIR VOICE
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Freedom-Fighters Are Torch-Bearers of Freedom: Rehmani

Muzaffarabad, December 16 (Kashmir Voice): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has said that the people of Kashmir will never forget the sacrifices rendered by their martyrs for the Kashmir cause of freedom from Indian bondage.
According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani was addressing a public gathering held in Muzaffarabad, today, to mark the 24th martyrdom anniversary of a renowned freedom-fighter, Abdul Khaliq Ganai alias Jamal Afghani. He said that Jamal Afghani as a zealous youth spent his times and life from 1970s to 1993 solely in the way of organizing youth for freedom of his motherland. “He was arrested by the occupation and was martyred during a fake encounter on December 15, 1993 on Srinagar-Kupwara highway,” he said. Paying rich tributes to the martyred leader and his dedication for the cause of Kashmir, he said that the people of Kashmir had rendered great sacrifices of life, honour and property during the last 27 years and both men and women were equally playing their role and urging the world community to facilitate a peaceful and durable solution of the Kashmir dispute in line with the UN resolutions. The JKPFL Chairman said the Kashmir dispute was basically a very simple question of the right to self-determination and freedom and the Kashmiris were the basic party along with Pakistan and India. But, India, he said, had complicated the issue by its obduracy and by perpetrating oppression on the Kashmiri people with over seven hundred thousand troops. “The Indian army and police personnel have been given unbridled powers to kill the people in the occupied territory with impunity,” he deplored, and urged the UN to take steps towards resolving the Kashmir dispute through holding of plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. Others who spoke on the occasion included Khaki Nasrullah, Altaf Hussain, Shahid Ahmed, Naeem Reyaz and Merajuddin Dar. KASHMIR VOICE

Restrictions in Srinagar, Islamabad to Prevent JRL Rally Many Hurriyat Leaders, Activists Detained in Occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have imposed restrictions in Srinagar and Islamabad town to prevent the proposed rally and public gathering of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) in Islamabad town, today.
According to media sources, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a massive public gathering at Lal Chowk in Islamabad town against the stepped up Indian state terrorism in the occupied territory.
The puppet authorities have imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar and Islamabad town to prevent people from participating in the rally. The authorities have also put the entire resistance leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Bilal Siddiqi, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Bashir Ahmed Kashmiri, Ramiz Raja, Mushtaq Ahmed Ajmal, Zahoor Ahmed Butt, Farooq Ahmed Sodagar and Syed Imtiaz Haider under house arrest or in custody to prevent the leaders from participating in the public programme. The Indian police conducted raids on the residences of Hurriyat leaders including Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yusuf Makroo, Umar Aadil Dar and Aashiq Hussain Narchoor and harassed the inmates. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz Hails OIC’s Call on Jerusalem, Seeks Same for Kashmir

Srinagar, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has hailed the declaration by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
According to media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said that he would be writing to the OIC Secretary General in the coming days on behalf of the people of Kashmir for taking such a historic decision. “We are happy. The OIC declaration is welcome but now it should be endorsed by other countries,” he added. The OIC declaration on Jerusalem came days after the US President, Donald Trump decided to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The move was condemned worldwide and even the UN decried the Trump administration’s decision. “The OIC should now use its diplomatic efforts and win over the European Union (EU) and other UN member states to declare East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine,” the Mirwaiz said. “We, the people of Jammu and Kashmir, extend our full support to such a decision to declare East Jerusalem as capital of Palestine. But now OIC must move beyond it and initiate diplomatic efforts on Kashmir as well,” he maintained. KASHMIR VOICE

UK’s APPG on Kashmir Hears Testimony on IOK

London, December 15 (Kashmir Voice): In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir in the British Parliament heard testimony regarding the human rights situation of Indian occupied Kashmir.
According to media sources, those who gave testimony included Dr Syed Inayatullah Andrabi, Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, Raja Najabat Hussain, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry, Azmat Khan, Dr Farzana Shaikh and Sadia Mir. They said that Indian troops were perpetrating the worst type of human rights violations in the occupied territory. Shaikh Tajammul-ul-Islam and Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry presented dossiers that contained the details, supported by facts and figures, of the atrocities of the Indian troops and police personnel in occupied Kashmir. The dossiers maintained that the Indian forces’ personnel were involved in massacre, custodial killings, torture, rape of women and mass blinding of people through use of pellet guns. Those who attended the hearing included members of Parliament, Chris Leslie, Lord Qurban Hussain, Naz Shah, Julie Cooper and Jullian Ibrahim. The APPG Chairman, Chris Leslie, addressing on the occasion said that the Group would hold more hearings on the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and prepare a final report, which would be presented in the UK Parliament. KASHMIR VOICE
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